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March BARUG Meeting at Predictive Analytics World





We are pleased to announce that the March BARUG meeting will be held in conjunction with Predictive Analytics World 2012. The meeting will be held on Monday, March 5th from 7:30PM to 10:00 PM at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel 55 Fourth Street San Francisco, CA 94103

Gaining access to the exhibit hall, and to the reception that will take place there, as well as to the BARUG meeting itself will require that BARUG members have a badge.

Please register here to get your badge.

The preliminary agenda is:

6:10 to 7:30PM reception in exhibit hall

7:45 to 7:55PM Announcements

8:00 to 8:20PM David Smith will describe the winning entries in a recent contest sponsored by Revolution Analytics to develop Business Applications in R. Entries include market forecasting, sentiment analysis, clinical trial forecasting and more

8:25 to 9:30PM Michael Lawrence of Genetech: Interactive Graphics for Large Data in R

Creating an interactive visualization for large data, on the scale of
millions or more, requires attention to both the design and
implementation of the graphics. This talk is concerned with the
latter, in particular software infrastructure for fast, scalable
interactive graphics. The implementation of an interactive
visualization consists of both drawing and computation (filtering,
summarizing, transforming, etc), and a graphics system needs to scale
in both respects. For drawing, we have developed a
hardware-accelerated renderer, with multi-layered buffers for
incremental updating and efficient spatial algorithms for mapping user
actions to the data. It is low-level and applicable to a variety of
graphics problems. Towards scalable computation, we have applied the
model-view-controller pattern to the design of computational pipelines
that operate dynamically on subsets of the data and make feasible
the flexible and rapid development of algorithms implemented in the R



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  • A former member
    A former member

    Things seemed to kick off early; maybe I had the wrong time. So, I missed most of the contest results. The runners up seemed so-so, makes me wish I had known about the contest. The keynote content was interesting although pretty much a complete rerun of talks given by hadley wickham over the last year, so that was a little disappointing. What wasn't a complete rerun was over my head, spoke more to R/C/Java developers than R users, if there is a distinction between the two communities. Technical difficulties with the projector didn't help things.

    March 6, 2012

  • Ashish

    Very useful

    March 6, 2012

  • Bruce I.

    I attended because I am interested in using R for statistical analysis. I am an applied statistician, not a computer scientist. I could not understand the presentation about interactive graphics. Also, the speakers need help with public speaking.

    March 6, 2012

  • Sanjay G.

    Good talks both apps and infrastructure(GUI) for R. Like to hear more from users of R in building interesting applications/models.

    March 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Presenters were okay and content was moderately interesting.

    March 6, 2012

  • Ira S.

    The talks were excellent. However, I would prefer to hear more about using R for data analysis, statistics and quantitative finance applications as opposed to a more computer science type of talk.

    Thanks for the T-shirt.

    March 6, 2012

  • Stephen

    Driving up from Palo Alto, leaving ~5:45. Anyone want to carpool? Message me if so.

    March 5, 2012

  • Joseph R.

    No. Just use the link on provided in the description of the event to register with PAW.

    February 24, 2012

  • Andrew H.

    Do we need to buy an exhibit hall pass ($25) go to the reception?

    February 24, 2012

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